Monday, February 28, 2011

In Like a Lion

Spring fever- I have it. The weather here is 70 and sunny and everything is beginning to green.
the Created Byhand Tuesday Challenge is, In like a Lion/texture.
I love it when I have an idea AND it comes together with no major hassles.
The background was in my stash- I think done with wax paper crumple resist and some kind of pearl-ex spray.
The stamp was also from stash from a stamp club meeting at A Stamp Artist Place-painted with Twinkling H2O's, let dry, spritz and stamp. Thanks Debbie!
To add some texture I used a little fluffy stuff on the stems. that stuff lasts forever and i can't seem to find much use for it.
I thermal embossed the quote .
Record time I'm created and back out side for some hammock time!
Join me and please leave a comment.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lucky 8

This is a swap for the Regina, SK, ATC group's 8th anniversary.
the theme is Lucky 8, and the year of the rabbit- also lucky.
So, what did the 0 say to the 8?

Nice Belt!
Belt by Quietfire

A true radical today is anyone who is truly happy.
Save the world- tell a joke.
Please leave a comment(hopefully funny!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Copy

"Some people copy. Some people don't. I copy. I find it teaches me things and most of all it gives me consolation"
Vincent Van Gogh
My LSS had a big sale, and I fell off the ,I'm not going to buy any more wood mounted stamps, wagon big time.
Bears are my closest neighbors, so i had to have this woodland set from Stamping Tapestry.
I copied this layout right from the package. It was still challenging and lots of fun.
Van Gogh didn't invent or create the sunflower. He copied. So I think it's ok for me.
I embossed the background card with a cuttlebug folder and inked it up with about 4 colors of Distress ink. I stamped and heat embossed the bears and stamped the trees on a Spellbinders deckled oval. I pounced the ink on the background of the bears with a sponge.
Then I tore paper and layered it to make the mountains and rivers and inked them up. I used about 10 different colors all distress ink.
Taped and pasted everything together- added more ink and some glossy accents to give the bears a fat tummy. Thermal embossed the Nature stamp. A Quietfire quote is the finishing and often focal touch to almost every card I make. Thanks Suzanne for providing us with so much art and inspiration to copy.
Even as we copy, our inner creative spirt makes what comes through our hands, our own.
Thanks you everyone, and Spirit and Mother Nature for making and sharing with out limits.
Please leave a comment and post your own entry in the Created Byhand Challenge.
I forgot to mention the theme is Winter Landscapes/shades of blue.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Against all Odds

I chose the theme, quilts thinking it would be a warm seasonal thought-and we are in a warming trend(not complaining) and stitching, thinking I would use my Sew Easy(not happening) and not thinking at all about the opening of Nice Threads Fiber Gallery/Studio.
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We are looking for consignment artwork, materials and tools,workshop proposals, and call to entry for our first two juried Exhibits Wilde House and Making Closure.
Leave me a comment if you have any questions, comments and kind words.
I could have done a lot more with this card, and against all odds, I got it done. that was my theme this week.
I love these background shadow stamps and used them to get a quilt pieced effect with distress inks. i thermal embossed the quote in black soot, with clear embossing powder. The stitching was done on my trusty Singer 500 slant. I lust after a new sewing machine and can't justify it while this old workhorse stitches away and never gives me any trouble.
Sorry about the lack of product links. hop on over to Quietfire and enjoy an hour browsing all of the fab products.
If you are in Western NC come see us at Nice Threads
Please leave a comment, post an entry and stay warm.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Quiet fire Style Queen Of Hearts Challenge

So busy- wasn't gonna do it-
Here it is- must do something creative and inky everyday.
It's like toothbrushing. wouldn't go to bed with out brushing teeth.
Don't go to bed without getting ink on your fingers.
Love, flourished hearts,crown, Quietfire of course.
Please hop over and look at all the wonderful rubber and art supplies.
Any questions leave me a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
The center heart is mine!

We can postpone anything but Love.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Queen of Hearts

I'm not into valentine's day this year.
The Queen of My Heart at this moment is the mountain cove I live in.
At the end of the day, no matter what, she is there. Day in, day out she listens to me, quietly, patiently, without judgment. she accepts me just as I am.
This is most of what I am looking for in a relationship and most of what I have to give.
Shout out to Debbie at A Stamp Artist Place for getting me back to painting with Twinkling H2O's. The heart flowers are painted with the h2o's, let it dry a bit, spritz and stamp. The quote stamped in barn door distress ink and thermal embossed clear. The butterfly and dragonfly
I stamped first in gold, then painted the stamp with the h20's and stamped again using the stamp positioner.
I watercolored the background when everything was dry, and mounted onto a piece of red cardstock that I thermal embossed the edge in silver.
Maybe I'll go out and hang this on a tree!
Tell someone you love them today and really mean it.
Please leave a comment and post your own entry.

and be sure to enter the Queen of Hearts Challenge for a chance to win $50 of Quietfire rubber

Spring Color Forecast

Artists are starting to submit their work to Nice Threads for exhibit and consignment .
As a gallery striving to showcase the best in fiber art, I'm suggesting to our artists that they come to us prepared to show their line as a collection, including an artist statement, seasonal colorways and designs, as well as the individual creative pieces.
It's always helpful to look at what Pantone and others are projecting and as fiber artists we want to be the ones making the projections.
Pantone is calling for honeysuckle, coral rose, peapod, beeswax, silver peony, russet, regatta, blue curacao, lavendar and silver cloud. Can you guess which is which? If not- get yourself a set of Pantone color cards. I also have a set from the Royal Horticultural Society.

I find less is more, and I work usually with 5 or less main hues. Pastels are nice for spring and sometimes nice is not enough.
I'm ready for Hot.
How about you.
Leave a comment with your color projections for spring 2011.